Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Linzi: My father asked if we wanted to have dinner at The Spruce Goose, I said ‘Howard Hughes’ turkey of an airplane?’ Turns out he meant the Strasbourg Goose, less exciting but probably safer. I wasn’t too impressed when we showed up, they don’t have the best interior but don’t judge a book by its cover, right? Their starters are rather unimaginative but I can highly recommend the fish main course. Check out this beautiful monkfish served in a buttery hollandaise sauce. And being Ireland, it came with three kinds of potato.
Vicky: I’m very lucky that Grant invited me to try the new Shotgun Sunday all you can brunch with him! What an amazing feast! We started with their awesome devilled eggs, corn bread and pimento cheese, along with a few glasses of £2 prosecco. I loved the fact that for mains, they walked you down to the kitchen, where chef served us brisket, pork belly and ribs straight from the oven. Garnished with fantastic sides like creamed corn, we finished our feast with a softserve. Not bottomless, but absolutely fantastic!
Linzi: Porridge is such a healthy dish, isn’t it? Hearty, warming and can be made with very little calories at all. Or it can be served with Irish whiskey cream and jam. I worked from the lovely River Lee hotel today and experienced the majesty and decadence of whiskey cream. To be fair, I hardly needed the porridge at all, just a spoon!
Grant: I ventured all the way to Oxford Circus to try out a new burger place: Burgeri. It’s fairly new, and I always like to try new burgers to see if it will become the new big “it” place in London. It’s definitely not that, but if you want to know how I really felt about it, you’ll have to check out my review coming soon.
Vicky: I’m all about the low carbing nowadays because who wants diabetes? This week’s main event is a stonker of a moussaka. Oh be still my heart, all that melty cheese will be in the tummy soon.
Yee Gan: Emma and I celebrated our one month wedding anniversary with a meal at Langrish House Hotel in Hampshire. Lovely fine dining. Highlights were Emma’s scallops, venison and my apricot soufflé.
Grant: I baked bread today! A few weeks ago while we were in the lake district, we had some amazing rye and beer bread. Since then, I’ve been attempting to recreate it at home. I used a porter in it, and it has some molasses, smoked brown sugar and caraway seeds in it for some great flavor combinations. I can’t wait to cut into it tomorrow to make a bacon sarnie with my Cure and Simple bacon!
Reviews from the week…
Andrew tried out the new healthy food delivery service EatFirst, and our Bunch Book Club went pancake crazy at My Old Dutch. The rest of the Bunch shared reviews of where they travelled. Two of us stayed fairly close to home with Yee Gan trying a great place in Bath, Raphael, while Grant’s travels brought a less than stellar breakfast at Old Bicycle Shop in Cambridge. Finally, Jules goes Korean in Germany of all places at Kimchi!
Have you got any foodie highlights (or lowlights!) to share from the last 7 days? Or maybe you’ve tried one of our favourites? Let us know in the comments below! Who knows, the Bunch might just check out your suggestions for a future review…